Ontario Culture Days Looks Ahead
As 2020 Festival Wraps Up
The extended and expanded Ontario Culture Days festival 2020 sparkled with activity for four weeks from Sept 25 – Oct 25, 2020. And while the festival is done, there is much more to come from Ontario Culture Days through this website, our year-round portal onto the province’s arts & culture scene.
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, said “the Government of Canada is pleased to support the incredible Ontario Culture Days festival through the Canadian Experiences Fund, delivered by FedDev Ontario. Like many other organizations and businesses across the country, Ontario Culture Days has had to pivot in order to continue with their mission. This is a success story of delivering a celebration of arts, culture and heritage to Ontarians at a time when we need it most.”
“Our government is proud to have supported Ontario Culture Days with an investment of $170,000 to expand their four-week celebration with hundreds of events across the province, both on-site and online,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Thank you to Culture Days for your incredible efforts and contributions, shining a light on our province’s unique cultural identity and bringing our communities together to see the world in one province at a time when it’s needed most.”
Ruth Burns, Ontario Culture Days Executive Director, said “We are thrilled with the success of this year’s festival, as it shifted from one weekend to four weeks, and from in-person events to digital programs. Our 2020 festival brought arts, heritage, and culture experiences to Ontarians at a time when inspiration, understanding, and creativity are clearly needed.”
And as we continue on from this year’s festival, it’s almost time for event organizers to be in the Spotlight! Nominations are open for extraordinary event organizers for Spotlight Award recognition. Digital online events count!
The Spotlight Recognition Program celebrates exemplary programming taking place each year as part of the Ontario Culture Days Festival. This year, Spotlight allows us to celebrate the ingenuity demonstrated by our organizers as they have adapted to extraordinary circumstances to connect with audiences.
FEATURED POSTS & PROGRAMS
Follow along as personal chef Tamara Green of Indigenesis shows you how to make a clay-baked bison roast paired with a wild ginger and blackberry sauce. Tamara focuses her menus on using only pre-contact ingredients, using traditional Indigenous cooking methods and re-imagining them with modern cooking techniques.
Ontario Culture Days worked with the Sault Ste Marie Indigenous Friendship Centre (IFC) and the Art Gallery of Algoma to produce a fashion show and photo shoot, featuring the Ribbon Shirts and Skirts made by members of the IFC.
Have you ever wondered what families ate for breakfast 200 years ago? Virtually join instructor Mitchell Daniels in the Lynde House Kitchen, as he demonstrates how to make a traditional Georgian-era morning meal of Darby Cakes.
Early Settler families had to make their own clothes, and this often included producing their own fabrics! Virtually join instructor Helena Turner in the Girl’s Bedroom at Lynde House, where she’ll demonstrate how sheep’s wool is converted into yarn using a spinning wheel.
We had the chance to learn a little bit more about one of our featured artists, Justine Abigail Yu, founder and editor-in-chief of Living Hyphen – a magazine and community that explores the experiences of people living in between cultures as hyphenated Canadians.
Say it loud and say it proud! Award-winning spoken word artists and arts educator Paulina Anthony O’Keiffe has put together a list of writing prompts that will help you start weaving words together. Turn memories into poetry, stories into adventures, and thoughts into statements.
You can’t quite put your finger on Ballet Creole. It’s fluid, a shapeshifter transforming with every new person, place, and practice it comes into contact with. Ever in flux, but always captivating, its thrived for thirty years under the guiding hand of its founder Patrick Parson.